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  • Published: 7 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241244517
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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A Radical Romance

A Memoir of Love, Grief and Consolation




The extraordinary story of an unconventional marriage. A mesmerizing meditation on love and loss

Alison Light met the radical social historian, Raphael Samuel, in London in 1986. Twenty years her senior, Raphael was a charismatic socialist from a very different background to Alison's working-class family. Within a year they were married. Within ten, Raphael would be dead.

In this chronicle of a passionate marriage, Alison Light peels back the layers of their time together, its intimacies and its estrangements. She tells of moving into Raphael's cluttered 18th-century house in Spitalfields and into his equally full, unconventional life; of the whirlwind of change outside their door which brutally transformed London's old East End districts; of being widowed at 41, and finding inspiration in her friendship with Raphael's mother. A Radical Romance is a luminous and deeply intelligent memoir of love and grief.

  • Published: 7 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241244517
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
Categories:

About the author

Alison Light

Alison Light is the author of Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism between the Wars and edited Virginia Woolf's Flush for Penguin Classics. She has worked at the BBC and lectured at London University. She is currently a part-time Professor at the Raphael Samuel History Centre in the University of East London and also teaches in the School of English at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She is a contributor to the London Review of Books.

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